Wonderful World of Watercolor: Learning and Loving Transparent Watercolor

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Learn to paint in watercolor—at any age!

• Down-to-earth, you-can-do-it instructions and ideas

• Surefire techniques plus reassuring text

• Basics build to a final three-day watercolor workshop

Everyone loves watercolors. They’re easy to carry around and they don’t call for complicated special materials. But getting started with watercolors can be daunting. What paper, paint, and brushes do you really need? How do you mix colors without getting mud? How do you create those ...

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Overview

Learn to paint in watercolor—at any age!

• Down-to-earth, you-can-do-it instructions and ideas

• Surefire techniques plus reassuring text

• Basics build to a final three-day watercolor workshop

Everyone loves watercolors. They’re easy to carry around and they don’t call for complicated special materials. But getting started with watercolors can be daunting. What paper, paint, and brushes do you really need? How do you mix colors without getting mud? How do you create those clear, glowing tones? Wonderful World of Watercolor guides beginners through these basics and on to the rewards of painting beautiful watercolors. Author Mary Baumgartner has more than twenty years of experience in teaching painting workshops. Now she shares her down-to-earth approach with readers everywhere—with simple instructions on everything from choosing materials to creating a palette, from color values to capturing favorite subjects like pets, fruits and vegetables, skies and clouds, and more. Baumgartner’s warm, reassuring tone is perfect for neophyte artists and anyone who needs a bit of extra support to get started.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780823099108
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Mary Baumgartner is an artist and teacher. Her down-to-earth approach has helped countless students create stunning watercolors. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Reprint from National Art Education News, April 2009

    As Reviewed by Marie L. Meegan, Salem, Massachusetts.

    If I were to pick only one book as a reference for mastering the art and science of watercolor painting, it would be Mary Baumgartner's Wonderful World of Watercolor. Besides being a technical masterpiece, it is a beautiful book, having many exquisite examples of watercolor painting. The author imparts her joy in the subject matter, as well as her delight in teaching - a winning combination.

    The first section is devoted to color: choosing color, mixing color, and considering its warmth, or coolness, color values, transparency or opacity. The author provides sample charts for guidance, and in fact, insists her own students paint these charts so color mixing will not be a hit or miss experience.

    There are chapters on supplies, work space and composition. Baumgartner carefully explains all the essentials for success, such as negative space, glazing, and lifting paint, to name a few. Drawing skills are handled in detail. Special advice for painting metallic objects, glass, water droplets, skies, clouds, foliage, and fur are covered in a chapter entitled "The Hard Stuff - Made Easy."

    She writes about using artistic license to arrange a painting to enhance the qualities of the scene she might be composing. She guarantees a clear center of interest, and paints with the light source in mind. She photographs scenes, objects, and people for future paintings. The author, while not lacking in intuitiveness, is convinced one must do the work to create paintings that captivate the viewer. In the chapter "Telling a Story," Baumgartner quotes Edgar Degas as having said, "My art is in no way spontaneous - it is entirely contrived." If you paint or teach watercolor painting you must have this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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